Grand old house on State Road 15

Even today, it stands out as an impressive piece of architecture. Imagine what it must have looked like to the people of the Civil War era when originally built in 1865. The Italianate style house, quite common in that era, was first built by Henry Bemenderfer, according to an inventory of historic structures of Elkhart County. He was a farmer who came to Elkhart County in 1865 from Virginia. He operated a brickyard near his home and bricks from his plant were used to build a one-room schoolhouse nearby and eventually named after him. The house stands on State Road 15

Jefferson Township old house

in Jefferson Township, Elkhart County, just north of Goshen.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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